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2020 census data moves US center of population to Hartville, Missouri

Census 2020
Census Bureau
Census Bureau
The center of population is calculated with census data.

The US has a new center of population -- in Hartville, Missouri.

The center of population is the point on the map where the US would be perfectly balanced if every resident weighed exactly the same. US Census Bureau spokesperson Deirdre Bishop said one of the reasons determining the center of population is useful, because it is an indicator of where people are moving within the US and how fast.

"Over the past few decades, the center of population has shifted in a southwestern direction," she said.

Bishop said the center of population didn't move as much as in previous decades, because the US population has not grown as fast.

The Census Bureau calculates the center of population every ten years

Steph Whiteside is a Digital Media News Specialist with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV.
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